East Texas Outdoors Magazine - May June 2011


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we are proud to bring you east texas new outdoors magazine east texas magazine may june 2011 what s hot this year the rod reel deal any season any fish anywhere magic swimmertm sebile® why east texas tyler cattle barons fourth annual sporting clays shoot april fools day texas freshwater fishery east texas outdoors magazine 2011 high lifter atv mud nationals bowing up pg 1 in 2011


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welcome we are thrilled to welcome you to the premier issue of east texas outdoors magazine this publication offers something new exciting and different than other publications in the area we are dedicated to bringing you a magazine featuring outdoor activities throughout our beautiful region whether it s hunting fishing shooting camping or off-roading you enjoy this magazine will have something for those who appreciate being outdoors we are here to bring you the events and stories that are unique to the outdoors of east texas through community involvement hearing your stories seeing your pictures and sharing your experiences with your fellow outdoor enthusiasts we strive to increase participation education and awareness of what is offered in our area we provide our readers outdoor event coverage quality articles guide information product information and expert eye catching design and photography east texas outdoors magazine is distributed as a free bi-monthly publication available throughout east texas and online at www.etoutdoors.com east texans now have an outdoors magazine they can participate in and be proud to call their own east texas outdoors magazine pg 3


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21 contents 14 feature story why east texas 42 44 55 57 58 61 62 66 74 81 82 well read it and we will tell ya ut college anglers going for team of the year lake maps events calendar on the lake with jeff kitchens the reader board guns ammo section intro idpa at lock load bowing up in 2011 2011 high lifter mud nationals finding my home random ramblings of a redneck 12 14 19 21 24 27 28 31 32 36 39 around east texas why east texas hunter s section intro buckscore get up get out h&w marine s big event words from the warden angler s section intro buy east texan the rod reel deal stocking with tp&wd pg 6 24 etoutdoors.com


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east texas magazine vol 1 number 1 staff 32 noel martin jr publisher photographer designer managing editor account executive field rep h.r production assistant 34 pasha ross watson jerry doc watson tonya martin contributing writers content blue heron communications kristen dickerson angie dolezal jeremy flinn david flynn chris green jeff kitchens veronica terres jamie wilhelm texas parks wildlife department contributing photography sealy outdoors lakecaster blue heron communications navionics bryan davis texas parks wildlife department everyone on our reader s board east texas outdoors magazine is published bi-monthly by east texas outdoors magazine www.etoutdoors.com 44 east texas outdoors magazine p.o box 605 111 w main st frankston tx 75763 855 etoutdoors advertising questions can be forwarded via email to info@etoutdoors.com subscription questions should be directed to info@etoutdoors.com printed by 5710 e seltice way post falls id 83854 800824-1806 208765-6300 the opinions expressed in east texas outdoors magazine do not necessarily reflect those of the editor publishers or their agents the publisher is not responsible for any intentional or unintentional misuse of another author s work all materials received and used in this magazine are considered original and submitted by it s original owner all materials in this magazine are under copyright to each individual author and may not be republished without permission from that author the information contained herein has been compiled from sources deemed reliable and it is accurate to the best of our knowledge and belief however east texas outdoors magazine cannot guarantee as to its accuracy completeness and validity and cannot be held liable for any errors or omissions east texas outdoors magazine pg 7


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publisher s letter ell i am east texan born and raised i was born in longview and have spent my entire life here in east texas i graduated from quitman high school attended tjc in tyler and have since remained right here in this beautiful piece of paradise i am an avid fisherman hunter and family man i have a beautiful wife tonya a wonderful son noel iii and some kind of fuzzy headed little baby on the way ­ not sure if it is a girl or boy yet oh and i can t forget my 3 rugrats sarge and baily our two great danes and little ol muffin our teacup yorkie i welcome you all to east texas outdoors magazine etom and look forward to bringing my passion for the outdoors to life for our readers it has been no easy task in the creation of etom but it has been extremely fun for the last few years i have been designing magazines taking photos creating advertisement and marketing but i have felt like there was just something more in me something that was calling me a little stronger then one day it occurred to me why not bring my love for the outdoors to the forefront of my creative abilities thus being born east texas outdoors magazine i have had the privilege of working with some very talented writers photographers anglers marketing directors and more without the help from all of these guys this would still just be an idea and i thank you all i have had a blast attending events across east texas meeting and mingling with fellow outdoorsmen/women you don t really understand the amount of outdoor activity east texas has to offer until you start trying to attend them all as i sit here trying to live through the tornadoes and praying the wind dies down enough to go fishing tomorrow i think how lucky i am to have such a great creative team and enthusiastic staff i don t feel i would ever be able to express this enough with all that being said we bring you east texas outdoors magazine i hope you enjoy the experience and as always i look for your feedback if you have any comments or critiques please send them to me at noel@etoutdoors.com see you outdoors w pg 8 etoutdoors.com


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editor s letter t seems relatively normal to want to move away when you are growing up and i did however being extremely homesick with each move i have always managed to find my way home to east texas the people of east texas are the most generous warm inviting people and though i have lived here most of my life i have never been more proud than i am now to call this place home being part of a magazine that celebrates the people beauty and splendor of this place we call home is inspiring exciting challenging and rewarding for a barefoot small town country girl this opportunity is most certainly a privilege the journey in creating this magazine has been more than i could have imagined and i find myself incapable of fully articulating the pleasure i receive coming to work it is incredible to work with unbelievably talented giving and dedicated family and friends who feel like family the ability to pursue with passion and determination something you believe in with people you love and believe in is beyond measure some days going to the office means driving along the beautiful highways discovering little hidden gems on the lakes or meeting amazing people while attending local events i am truly fortunate to have such a beautiful place to work show me a corner office that has a view like this my hope is that everyone who reads this magazine is as inspired as i am by the beauty of the people and places we have in our part of the state it seems far too many times we are simply unaware of the exciting adventures and treasures waiting to be discovered in the east texas region we don t have to go out of state or even to other parts of our great state to enjoy endless opportunities provided by our wonderful outdoors we have a tremendous amount to offer and should be proud to share in and support the people communities and businesses in our region by simply exploring what is in our own back yard i would love to hear from each of you with your feedback please send emails to pasha@etoutdoors.com find me on facebook or call me at 903 876-1054 see you outdoors i pg 10 etoutdoors.com


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cruisin for a cure cattle barons gala saturday june 11 2011 graham farm bullard texas tyler pat green opening performance by wade bowen call 903 597 1383 for more information www.cattlebaronsgala.net east texas outdoors magazine pg 11


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around east texas lake tyler open fishing tournament the april 2nd lake tyler open fishing tournament hosted by jeff jones and robin lane was a success with 21 teams entering that morning first place went to ronnie kelley coy spencer at 24.30lbs and second place went to bruce brown keith williamson at 23.52lbs with a 10.56lb big bass coffee city bow hunting boat show pre-event the 2nd annual coffee city bowfishing classic sanctioned by the texas bowfishing association was held at the lake palestine resort april 1st ­ 3rd live music and dinner was provided for participants and hosted by the city of coffee city at kilo land park texas grand slam archery shoot the deerman s t.h.e 3d held the 1st leg of the texas grandslam event on march 12th 13th in poynor tx the kingdom living cowboy church presented a ministry filled weekend surrounding archery and hunting including a trick shooting demonstration with a christian message pg 12 etoutdoors.com


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scooter pete s presented rob with a hd electric glide classic at the wounded hearts in the wind again spring rally april 2011 the event was held april 16th to present a wounded warrior the opportunity to be in the wind again wounded hearts in the wind again budlight trail lake tyler 4/17/2011 1st rob haeger-ronnie glover 2nd jackie gordon-keith gordon big bass ryan whitfield-jeremy locke budlight trail lake tyler 3/20/2011 1st lance silvertooth-blake morphews 2nd jackie gordon-keith gordon 3rd big bass steve stroman-caitlyn stroman east texas outdoors magazine pg 13


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why by kristen dickerson pasha ross watson east texas as a native east texan growing up on lake tyler and spending the summer setting trotlines with my uncles at dawn and water-skiing until dusk i have taken for granted all of the outdoor amenities our area has to offer those who may not have visited before well let me tell ya folks we ve got it all tall piney woods serene sparkling lakes abundant wildlife and so much more ­ east texas is a great place to be outdoors state parks for those of you who want to spend these early summer weekends camping out with your friends and family and enjoying the early morning sounds of rustling wildlife then east texas has some of the best state parks lake bob sandlin sate park 903 5725531 is a 639 acre park located southeast of mount pleasant in titus county activities at this beautiful state park include hiking swimming mountain biking fishing and many others according to texas parks and wildlife the site also has a strong east texas historical significance the french and spanish periodically occupied the area establishing relations with the caddo choctaw cherokee and kickapoo moved into east texas in the late 18th to early 19th century by 1841 fort sherman a wooden stockade whose site is believed to be in or near the park was established the fort sherman cemetery is located in the park since 1860 the land has been used for farming and ranching for those of you looking for luxury camping lake bob sandlin state park offers restrooms pg 14 with showers premium lakeside campsites with water and electricity cabins with air conditioning picnic pavilion lighted fishing pier and a two-lane boat ramp and for those of you who like to rough-it there are options for you as well consisting of a whopping 3,026 acres cooper lake state park is one of the largest in the east texas area the park consists of two units doctors creek unit 9033953100 715.5 acres located in delta county and south sulphur unit 903945-5256 2,310.5 acres located in northern hopkins county facilities on the doctors creek side consist of campsites with electric and water hook-ups limited use cabins and screened shelters the park also has restrooms several miles of shoreline a beautiful sandy beach and a 1 mile nature trail with one of 2 playgrounds nearby there is a 3-lane boat ramp a fish cleaning table a sand volleyball court and an outdoor amphitheater on the south sulphur side some of the facilities include fully furnished lakeside cabins limited use cabins walk-in tent camping sites two lighted fishing piers two boat ramps three picnic areas a group pavilion capacity 100 and many others have a horse the south sulphur unit has a wonderful equestrian trail that covers nearly 600 acres and over ten miles for more information about the equestrian facilities please contact the park tyler state park is 985.5 acres located in smith county north of tyler the park has a 64-acre lake that includes crappie perch catfish and bass texas parks and wildlife lists numerous activities to be enjoyed at the park including picnicking camping boating motors allowed 5 mph speed limit boat rentals and fishing while there you can also hike mountain bike and swim in the lake attractions located nearby include the texas state railroad and the tyler municipal rose garden the famous rose capital of the world you can also visit the tyler junior college and planetarium the brookshire s world of wildlife and the kilgore oil museum the canton trade days 1st monday monthly gladewater the antique capital of east texas and the texas freshwater fisheries center in athens are all located within a short driving distance from the park park facilities include restrooms with and without showers picnic sites campsites with water and electricity pull-through and back-in screened shelters and a dining hall with a full kitchen for day-use only just to name a few etoutdoors.com


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there is also a 2.5-mile hiking trail 13mile mountain bike trail a .75-mile nature trail an amphitheater on the lake shore and a concrete launching ramp the park store has seasonal rentals of canoes paddle boats kayaks bike boats jon boats and mountain bikes for more information contact the store directly at 903/592-6790 many state parks can be found in close proximity to some of texas major cities and since gas prices are through the roof visiting one of our area state parks would make a great staycation lakes east texas has many area lakes to be proud of and since summer is right around the corner it is only appropriate to feature them in this issue caddo lake is the only natural lake in the whole state of texas and the largest in the south situated on the texas and louisiana border in northeast texas and northeast louisiana it supports one of the largest cypress growth swamps anywhere it is an amazing masterpiece of bayous bald cypress swamps and marshes in the heart of the piney woods forests what else makes this lake so special well for the avid outdoorsman ­ a lot with 71 species of fish including largemouth bass crappie catfish chain pickerel white yellow bass and sunfish caddo lake has the most diverse fish population in the state don t want to take on caddo lake alone many guide services are available to make tackling this lake a breeze also nestled among the dense shrouds of spanish moss and swamp forests are over 200 species of birds another fisherman s paradise in east texas can be found at lake fork if you want to find some good bass fishing in east texas lake fork is the place to be just a few years ago a largemouth bass caught on the lake set a new state record at a whopping 18.18 pounds for those tournament fishermen out there who just snagged up this magazine you are in luck the seventh annual legend of lake fork open bass tournament will be held on may 13 14 and 15 there will be $267,000 in cash and prizes with proceeds benefitting the wish to fish foundation for more information visit legendoflakefork.com toledo bend reservoir located on the sabine river forms a portion of the boundary between the states of texas and louisiana and is the largest man made body of water in the south and the fifth largest in surface acres in the united states with water normally covering an area of about 200,000 acres with its 1,200 miles of shoreline toledo bend offers almost unlimited opportunity for recreation both private and public facilities are available for swimming boating picnicking fishing camping hunting and sightseeing the lake has a large area of submerged timbers which serves as the prime habitat for fish black bass crappie blue gill feisty striped bass and catfish can be found in abundance in the lake a population of 300 pounds of game fish per acre and an annual fingerling restocking program make toledo bend one of the best fishing lakes in the country with an abundance of black bass white bass stripers florida bass crappie bream and catfish http www.toledo-bend.com fourteen pound for bass and just under five pounds for crappie are lake record catches located in the piney woods of east texas lake palestine very popular for largemouth bass tournaments due to its consistent success offers something for everyone who enjoys fishing this lake is a 25,600 acre recreation destination located approximately fifteen minutes south of tyler on hwy 155 both white bass and hybrid striped bass are present white bass are particularly popular during their spring run up the neches river and kickapoo creeks channel and blue catfishes are abundant and flathead catfish provide great opportunity for trophy-sized fish www.lakepalestine.com don t let this list fool you east texas has many more lakes than just the ones featured here and each and every one of them offer something special from the most seasoned angler on the water to the recreational boater east texas lakes will have just what you are looking for east texas outdoors magazine pg 15



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